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Street vendors ask court for injunction on new vending regulations

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Atlanta street vendors are asking the court for a preliminary injunction on a new rule that will put many of them out of business.

The new rule is part of the city's plan to regulate street vending.

The 4 p.m. hearing on Wednesday comes in response to a lawsuit filed in July by the Institute for Justice and two well-known Atlanta vending entrepreneurs, Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick.

Miller and Hambrick own two popular vending businesses outside the Atlanta Braves stadium.

Two years ago, Atlanta handed over all public-property vending to General Growth Properties, the first program of its kind in the country.

Without an injunction, the multibillion-dollar corporation will be able to remove all Atlanta vendors from Turner Field.

Hambrick said sidewalk souvenir sales are his bread and butter, but he worries new laws will force vendors like him to pay $6,000 to $20,000 to rent a kiosk during home games.

"We are just trying to make a living, pay the bills. If we are not here, our fans aren't going to like it," Hambrick said.

The Institute for Justice said victory in this case could have nationwide implications. 

Should the city of Atlanta be allowed to create a single street vending monopoly that forces existing vendors to start paying up to $20,000 in fees and rent every year?

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